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New Amendments to the American Health Care Act Threaten Coverage and Protections

ALERT: New Amendments to American Health Care Act Harm People with Pre-existing Conditions, Speed Cuts to Medicaid and Fail to Cover Critical Health Services 

The House could vote as early as Friday on the American Health Care Act with new amendments that further strip away coverage and protections for Americans. The House Freedom Caucus agreed to a series of amendments to the AHCA that enable states to determine their own essential health benefits (a list of benefits, including pediatric dental, mental health services and hospitalization, that insurers are required to cover) and waive certain community rating provisions that prevent health insurers from varying premiums within a geographic area based on age, gender and health status. This ultimately eliminates protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions. 

Please call your Congressional representatives and urge them to vote NO on this legislation. (Click to find your legislator.) 

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Help 400,000 Virginians Gain Health Coverage

Virginia has an opportunity to provide health coverage for 400,000 adults by increasing the number of individuals eligible for Medicaid - an initiative made possible through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). View this resource to learn how many people in your area could gain coverage if Medicaid eligibility were to increase. Click here to find your representatives

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GOP Pulls the American Health Care Act

Congressional Republicans pulled the American Health Care Act (AHCA) before it could be considered by the House last Friday, because they did not have enough votes to pass.  Now that the AHCA is no longer on the table, what does this mean for Virginia? 

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American Health Care Act - Upcoming Vote and Resources

The AHCA as its written will adversely affect the economically disadvantaged, people with disabilities, women and children, and the elderly. View this webinar from VaOHC executive director Sarah Holland to learn more about how the AHCA may impact vulnerable Virginians, Medicaid and oral health coverage.

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Health Policy Update: Virginia's 2017 Session, ACA Repeal and Medicaid

Congressional Republicans released a summary of their proposed ACA replacement. While no bill has been filed, the policy brief provides a snapshot of key components. The proposal repeals the individual mandate, makes no mention of pre-existing conditions and repeals most taxes and fees which provide funding for the components of the ACA. The proposal does not provide any details about how the Republicans will pay for the programs outlined.

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